Which Continent Plays the Most Stylish Football?

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At PUMA Football HQ we love discussing anything to do with the beautiful game. From the merits of the drag-back and Elastico, to the many faces of a football chairman, we don’t just like to have an opinion, we insist upon it! 

So, as we’re slap bang in the middle of another exciting round of international fixtures, we’ve been discussing which continent plays the most stylish football.

To narrow things down a bit, we decided to compare those attacking South Americans and effective Europeans as a quick look at the FIFA rankings shows these continents make up the top ten. For the trivia fans amongst us, there are seven sides from Europe and three from South America in the top ten.

Ever since the first ever ball was kicked, South American teams have been known the world over for their free-flowing, attacking, samba football - and this was demonstrated to perfection on Friday by Uruguay who continued their outstanding form with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Ukraine. The hosts took an early lead after just 15 seconds, but the South Americans turned on the style to craft three well-worked goals that ultimately proved too much for the Ukrainians.

Whereas, the top countries in Europe, renowned for their tactical, physical and pressing game lived up to expectations. Italy, for so long the masters of possession football claimed a 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands with Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini combining to keep a clean sheet. The three points were always going to be more important than the performance and the Azzuri turned in a workmanlike and effective performance to go eight points clear of nearest rivals Slovenia.

Whilst, the Europeans may produce the football that wins matches, if you’re looking for exciting, dynamic and stylish football, make sure you have a look at South America.

So, South America or Europe…which country do you think plays the most stylish football? You can let us know your view by leaving a comment below, on Facebook or by using the #PUMAFootball hashtag on Twitter.